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The zig-zag strategy seems trivially obvious - but it might not be the better strategy in a particular situation. I suggest rather than asking under what conditions this strategy is preferable, you ask under what conditions the counter-intuitive straight-line strategy is preferable. The advantage of zig-zagging is that it presents a smaller "collision ...


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The question is very relevant today because of the recent advances in artificial intelligence. Various authors claim different numbers, but it is highly likely that we will have robots by 2030 with an intelligence superior to ours, if the estimates of computational power of the human brain are correct. And of course the question remains if these machines ...


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Is there any place for consciousness in present models of physics, e.g. the Standard Model? Searle says: probably. Penrose says: not in its present form. Chalmers and Tononi say: no, never. Dennet says: what consciousness? To elaborate, here is a brief summary of modern thinking regarding how consciousness fits into the material world (as interpreted by ...


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The goal of fundamental physics, such as the Standard Model, is somewhat reductionist: we're trying to understand the world by studying the most elementary building blocks and their interactions. You appear to object that this approach may struggle explain more complicated emergent phenomena and experiences, such as consciousness. Certainly, it would be ...



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